HORAE, use of Paris, in Latin and French. [Paris: Simon Vostre, c. 1500].
PRINTED ON VELLUM. 8° (155 x 100mm). Collation: A-B8 c-i8 2A-D8 (A1 ?title with device, almanac, A2r-8r calendar with French verses at foot of each page and cuts ilustrating the amusement and astrological sign at the top , A8v-B3r Gospel sequence [Martyrdom of St. John, 3 small cuts],B3v-7v Passion according to St. John [Betrayal], B8r-f2v Hours of the Virgin [Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Annunciation to the Shepherds, Adoration of the Magi, Presentation in the Temple, Flight into Egypt, Death of the Virgin], f3r-g5v Seven Penitential Psalms [Bathsheba], g6r-i7r Office of the Dead [Dives and Lazarus], i7r-bv Prayer for saying before the Image of Christ, k1r-C1r Suffrages [Trinity, 24 small cuts], C1v-8v various prayers devoted to the Virgin and to God the Father, including Seven prayers of St. Gregory, prayers for saying on Saturday, 5 prayers of St. John the Evangelist [2 small cuts], D1r Hours of the Cross, of the Holy Ghost and of the Immaculate Conception). 100 leaves (of 104, lacking A1, D1, 2 and 6). 26 lines. Type: 82B. Full-page anatomical man, 12 full-page metalcuts, one half-page metalcut and 29 smaller cuts, ILLUMINATED IN GOLD AND COLOURS BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND, multiple-piece ornamental and historiated metalcut border to each leaf except anatomical man, the border to the half-page Trinity cut on 2A1r also coloured, liquid-gold initials and line-filler painted on alternate pink and blue ground, yellow capital strokes. (Somewhat rubbed, with some colouring flaking, several borders shaved, small holes in border of h1.) 19th-century foliate brocade binding within tortoiseshell covers, silver-gilt mounted and applied on front cover with cypher AIA, on back cover Madonna and Child, spine and corners each applied with shaped silver-gilt mounts with foliate scrolls on hatched grounds, applied with cabuchon garnets and opals, similarly decorated and applied clasp, patterned endpapers, gilt edges. Provenance: William Harcourt Hooper (bookplate); sold Sotheby's, 3 June 1946, lot 183, £26 to Foyle.
12 of 15 metalcuts of the Pigouchet-Vostre set 2; the cut of the Trinity appears to be a slightly smaller copy of the one belonging to Pigouchet-Vostre set 1. The verses at the foot of each calendar page serve as a mnemonic for the Feasts.